Focussing on ‘Outcome’ instead of ‘Output’

Bro. Tan in a sharing session with Dhamma School facilitators.

Bro. Tan sharing his thoughts with Dhamma School Director Sis. Sunanda (right) and facilitators.

On Sunday 21 February, after Nalanda Dhamma School’s annual ‘tea ceremony’, a group of facilitators gathered for a meeting with Nalanda founder Bro. H. S. Tan.  In his sharing, Bro. Tan reminded the facilitators that in their noble effort to conduct the school’s sessions, they should always keep in mind to achieve the “best outcome” and not just produce the “highest output”.

To illustrate what he meant by “outcome”, Bro. Tan gave the example of the transformation of a student’s mindset – from one who chooses to ignore plights of the needy, to someone who reaches out to offer a helping hand.  Such transformation is the outcome of successful educational efforts.  Conversely, the (wrong) focus on “output” meant teachers are merely measuring the number of sessions or activities for their students.

Bro. Tan giving prizes to the facilitators.

Bro. Tan confirming trainee facilitators to ‘full facilitators’ after one year’s intensive training.

Bro. Tan’s sharing gave everyone a deeper insight into their role and responsibilities as Dhamma School volunteers and leaders.  It also deepened their commitment to serve the School even better.  Bro. Tan also took the opportunity to confirm four trainee facilitators to ‘full facilitators’ after one year of intensive training.  Congratulations to our four new teachers!  Sadhu anumodana.

Fellowship strengthens the bonds  of friendship between the facilitators.

Fellowship strengthens the bonds of friendship between the facilitators.